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The Anderson-Murray Bill adds the words “sexual orientation” to the following list of categories under the jurisdiction of the state’s Human Rights Commission: race, creed, color, national origin, families with children, sex, marital status, age, or the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a disabled person. Persons are not to be discriminated against based on any of these attributes in employment, in credit and insurance transactions, in places of public resort, accommodation or amusement, and in real property transactions.

“Sexual orientation” is defined to include sexual identity. Discrimination remains a very real and present threat for LGBT residents in Washington state. Recent surveys have shown that more than 50 percent of LGBT Washingtonians have faced discrimination of some kind. Fifteen states have already implemented similar laws. An identical bill came within one vote of passage in 2003, and the governor has indicated that she will sign it into law if it reaches her desk.t



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